FIVE GOLD GIFTS #1: Bulletproof Sleep Induction Mat

In a world seemingly full of insomniacs one company claims that its product offers the ‘best sleep ever’. We put it to the test and find that it certainly has a point.

bulletproofThe Bulletproof Sleep Induction Mat is an unusual “>product in that is immediately uncomfortable. Not only slightly uncomfortable, but literally like sleeping on a bed of nails.

This is part of its power and charm. The makers recommend that sleepy people use it for the first time with a T-shirt on; the spikes are sharp and a slight movement engenders pain receptors, not the endorphins that are supposedly released. It takes time to get used to; but not too long. Continue reading

FIVE GOLD GIFTS… #5 – Brentford FC half season ticket

beesticketMuch has been made about a certain star crossing the Sinai desert and an alleged Christmas miracle more than 2,000 years ago.

Be that as it may, the past six years have seen a real miracle occur at a certain meeting-point in West London called Griffin Park as Brentford FC failed to ever succeed.

After biblical traumas that would have tested any saint, let alone a religious adept, this Christmas will see Brentford FC challenging for promotion to the Premier League.

Griffin Park is destined for demolition in two years’ time as Brentford move to a bigger ground, but a Christmas present of a ‘half season’ ticket would enable you to join 12,000 other lucky souls to watch the miracle unfold. This may be the best thing you may ever do. I implore you to do so.

FIVE GOLD GIFTS… #4 – Panono Panoramic Ball Camera

panonoChristmas is the best time of year for those who are normally too sensible to throw away their money on cheap electrical gadgets.

The Panono Panoramic Ball Camera is neither a gimmick, nor is it cheap or throwaway… even if it can be thrown and when it is, takes panoramic images using 36 embedded camera modules at various angles. This produces a 360° spherical spectrum, composed of 36 joined pictures.

The camera costs $549, a ‘premium’ Christmas present, not one for the stocking unless you happen to be in the higher echelons of our unbalanced capitalist society. But if you have the budget and you like unusual pictures, this is one for YOU.

FIVE GOLD GIFTS #3… – Maui Jim Waterways

WaterwaysAt first look, the European winter isn’t the best time to buy sunglasses, either as a present or for a personal style statement, but think again.

Think of the time between Christmas and New Year, let’s call it the seasonal perineum, the awkward gap between Christmas’s genitalia and the New Year’s arsehole, an unknown place where anything could happen.

Those long nights of excess and those mornings of very bright sunshine; the perfect time to cover your eyes… and the Maui Jim Waterways are the nuts. While the name itself may sound like it is trying to describe the aforesaid perineum, these sunglasses are still a recommended buy.

Depending on good your search skills are, price is between £109 and £140, but this is a better link than most. This is probably the most emotive review I’ve ever made, now I can’t stop thinking about my perineum.

FIVE GOLD… GIFTS #2 – EnerPlex Packr

EnerPlex_PackrNew to the UK this winter, after huge success in the US, the EnerPlex Packr is a ‘solar-integrated’ backpack that allows travellers and trekkers to charge up their smartphone when away from conventional charging stations.

In good sunlight, its three-watt solar panel can power up most smartphones in less than five hours and can charge almost any portable USB enabled device. Moreover, the backpack looks cool and will inevitably be a subject of discussion on the trek to Annapurna or at a hipster’s inter-city meeting point.

The Packr is available in orange, green and black with a SRP of £79.99, a reasonable price and one that middle-class parents may see as a secondary present, but extended family members may see as a primary one.